PdFe nanoparticles as selective catalysts for C-C cleavage in hydrogenolysis of vicinal diol units in biomass-derived chemicals

Fenglin Liao, Tsz Woon Benedict Lo, Douglas Sexton, Jin Qu, Cheng Tar Wu, Shik Chi Edman Tsang

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A series of supported PdFe bimetallic nanoparticles with variable compositions are successfully synthesized through a careful reduction of a PdO/FeOxcomplex with a tunable support structure, which are demonstrated to achieve ultra-selective C-C bond cleavage over C-O bond of vicinal diol units in the hydrogenolysis of biomass-derived molecules: a gradual increase in the Fe(0) content of the bimetallic nanoparticles, as suggested by EXAFS analysis and DFT calculations, is shown to afford more enhanced selectivity of C-C cleavage, reaching a maximum value of 95%.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)887-896
Number of pages10
JournalCatalysis Science and Technology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2015
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis

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